Matthieu Mondou and Gordon M. Hickey, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
Conventional testing methods using whole animal studies have long provided the general instrumental framework to pursue the goals of ecotoxicology. While conventional methods are useful for determining the acceptable levels of single chemicals in the environment, they have a number of limitations that have been widely debated within the profession. Alternative testing strategies, such as using in silico computational models and in vitro cell- or genomics-based results, are becoming increasingly available. For more than a decade, these alternatives have been discussed in a range of high-profile forums as offering potential answers to the challenges facing chemical risk assessment. However, it is still unclear how these alternatives can be integrated with the accepted approaches to determining the risk of chemicals in regulatory ecotoxicology.
With SETAC’s permission, we are presently surveying professionals who have participated in at least one SETAC-organized event to gather their viewpoints on alternative testing strategies for a project based at McGill University. Our goal is to better understand how regulatory practices in the field of ecotoxicology evolve. More broadly, we are interested in understanding how and why breakthroughs in science translate into policy and regulation, focusing on the role of professional forums such as SETAC.
Please share your insights with us through the online survey.
This anonymous survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. It will ask questions about your professional and educational background, your assessment of how debates proceed at SETAC, and your assessment of alternative testing strategies and toxicity testing more generally.
This survey is not conducted on behalf of SETAC. This survey is conducted by the EcoToxChip project. EcoToxChip is a research project based at McGill University with major partners at the University of Saskatchewan and Environment and Climate Change Canada. Its aim is to develop quantitative PCR arrays and a data evaluation tool for the characterization, prioritization and management of environmental chemicals and complex mixtures of regulatory concern. The EcoToxChip project is funded through Genome Canada’s 2015 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition, Natural Resources and the Environment: Sector Challenges – Genomic Solutions.